Tommie Copper to Pay $1.35 Million to Settle FTC Deceptive Advertising Charges

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Tommie Copper to Pay $1.35 Million to Settle FTC Deceptive Advertising Charges

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Athletic apparel company Tommie Copper, Inc. and its founder have agreed to pay $1.35 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively advertised the company's copper-infused compression clothing would relieve severe and chronic pain and inflammation caused by arthritis and other diseases.

Tommie Copper's proposed settlement with the FTC also requires the company and its founder and chairman Thomas Kallish to have competent and reliable scientific evidence before making future claims about pain relief, disease treatment, or health benefits.

“It's tempting to believe that wearing certain clothing will eliminate severe pain, but Tommie Copper didn't have science to back its claims,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. “If you see an ad for a product that promises to replace the need for drugs or surgery, talk to a healthcare professional before you spend your money.”

The company's infomercials featured talk show host Montel Williams declaring, “Tommie Copper truly is pain relief without a pill.”  Company ads featured celebrity and consumer testimonials claiming that Tommie Copper garments alleviated pain caused by multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and fibromyalgia; and could provide pain relief comparable to, or better than, drugs or surgery. The FTC alleges that the defendants' claims were false or unsubstantiated.

The proposed stipulated federal court order imposes an $86.8 million judgment against the defendants, which will be partially suspended upon payment of $1.35 million by the defendants. If the defendants are found to have misrepresented their financial condition, the total amount will immediately come due.

Read the full article and learn more about the FTC and deceptive advertising here

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